12 November 2012
Few destinations in Southern Africa have embraced the concept of adventure tourism quite like the Victoria Falls.? Acclaimed as the world’s largest waterfall and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, tourism operators in this region of Zambia and Zimbabwe harness every opportunity to present visitors to this dynamic destination with adventures that truly reflect the essence of “wild Africa”.?
Members of GoToVicFalls.com (GTVF), a destination marketing association initiated nearly 10-years ago aims? to position the region as a tourism hub, testify that Victoria Falls remains a popular adventure hotspot and as such these operators have seen considerable increase in visitor numbers.?
Ross Kennedy, Chief Executive of Africa Albida Tourism and spokesperson for the GTVF members comments, “Victoria Falls as a destination has experienced a 5% increase in rooms sold thus far in 2012, over the same period in 2011.? The official expectation for 2012, based on the year-to-date numbers plus forecasts from the past 5 months, sits at an overall 8% boost in tourism for the year.? Not surprising considering several GTVF members, such as Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Hotel and The Elephant Camp have experienced occupancies of between 70-80% since high season commenced this year.”
The GoToVictoriaFalls.com members offer numerous adventure activities that will have adrenalin junkies jumping for joy, and offer hair raising experiences for those who dare, these include:
- White River Rafting:
Shearwater has been operating in the Victoria Falls for over 30-years and as such has a long list of firsts to its name, including being the first to raft the rapids of the great Batoka Gorge.? To this day, Shearwater continues to offer a range of adventure activities over and above what is considered to be the best white water rafting on the planet.???
- High Wire Adrenalin Activities:
Experience the jaw dropping spectacle of the Zambezi’s Batoka Gorge from a bird’s eye view.? The Wild Horizons High Wire activities cater to all levels of adrenalin with several activities being suitable for all ages. Gorge Swing, Zip Line, Flying Fox and Abseil / Rapp Jump over the Zambezi River.?
- Guided Canoe Safaris:
Wild Horizons offer half-day, full-day and multi-day canoe safaris, among other adventures, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the unadulterated beauty of the upper Zambezi.? Packages range from a Wine Route to a multi-day safari; each presenting unique experiences whether it is a lunch on the remote river sandbanks, camping in the Zambezi National Park or witnessing the day to day activities of Africa’s prolific wilderness.?
- Bungee jumping:
Bungee jumping from the historical Victoria Falls Bridge with one of the world’s seven wonders at your back is just one of the awesome adventure activities offered by Adventure Zone.? The popular Vic Falls tour operator’s comprehensive activity portfolio also includes gorge swinging among others that the area is renowned for.?
- “Flight of the Angels” Helicopter Ride:
Operating a fleet of 3 bell helicopters, Shearwater offers the famous “Flight of the Angels”, a 12-13 minute aerial tour of the magnificent Victoria Falls.? For a more holistic view of the area, the “Zambezi Spectacular” is a 25 minute flight overlooking the falls, Batoka Gorge and the Zambezi National Park.
- Devil’s Pool:
On the lip of the mighty Victoria Falls lies the Devil’s Pool, a naturally formed rock pool that can be accessed via Livingstone Island in Zambia. When the river flow is at a certain level, usually during the months of September to December, a rock barrier forms a pool with little current for those daring swimmers to enjoy.
- Wildlife experiences:
Various operators offer a wide range of wildlife and adventure experiences such as the popular the Elephant Back Safaris and Walks with the Lions.?
*Above activities may be offered by more than one operator in the Victoria Falls area; visit the GoToVictoriaFalls.com website for more info.
Besides the strong adventure appeal, other factors contributing to the region’s popularity range from its central location, easy road and air accessibility, the wide variety of activities and accommodation options to suit all needs and budgets, as well as the community’s commitment to ensuring the activities are presented at an international standard and that marketing and promotion of the Victoria Falls remains a priority.?
Visit www.gotovictoriafalls.com for more information or to get in touch with the experienced members of this awe-inspiring adventure destination.